This Day in History

April 30, 1963: Bristol Bus Boycott

Time Periods: 1961
Themes: Civil Rights Movements, Democracy & Citizenship, Laws & Citizen Rights
Bristol Bus Boycott | Zinn Education Project

Plaque commemorating the boycott.

On April 30, 1963, the Bristol Bus Boycott began. Inspired by the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a group of West Indians in Bristol, England, organized a boycott of the Bristol Omnibus Company for its refusal to employ Black drivers for its buses.

The boycott lasted for four months until the company reversed its discriminatory hiring practice.

Read about the Bristol Boycott in the article ‘What was behind the Bristol bus boycott?